West Virginia University and women’s basketball head coach has announced that junior guard Tynice Martin has undergone an additional foot surgery and will miss the 2017-18 season.
Martin sustained an injury to the foot while participating in the USA Basketball U23 trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 3, 2017. The USA National Team staff and the West Virginia staff felt that, after a brief surgery, Martin would have the chance to return to the court. However, this additional surgery has ended that possibility and Martin will be allowed to redshirt for the academic year.
The 5’11” guard from Atlanta, Georgia has won multiple awards and has lead the Mountaineers to success while doing so. Martin won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award, was a member of the Big 12 All-Freshman team, named a USBWA National Freshman of the Year Finalist, and was a member of the member of Waco Tribune All-Freshman Team. As a freshman, Martin averaged 10.3 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game, and 1.0 steal per game. She shot 80.6% from the foul line and led the team in scoring seven times.
As a sophomore Martin was named a co-captain. Martin was also named to the Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention team and WBCA All-American Honorable Mention team. She was a unanimous All-Big 12 first team player, the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player, Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team.
Martin, while leading the Mountaineers to a Big 12 Championship victory, scored 651 points. She averaged 18.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 2,3 assists per game. She was also the third-quickest Mountaineer to reach 1,000 career points in program history.
What this means for 2018-19: Considering the Mountaineers stay healthy; the 2018-19 team will be loaded with offensive talent. Juniors Naomi Davenport, Anja Martin, and Katrina Pardee will return. Talented redshirt sophomore and Michigan transfer Kysre Gondrezick will be cleared to play. The Mountaineers will be brining back freshmen Destiny Harden, Ashley Jones, Krystaline McCune, and Nia Staples. The Mountaineers will also be getting two top-100 players in four-star players in Rochelle Morris and Kari Niblack.
It’s difficult to look ahead, but he Mountaineers will have their most talented team ever in Morgantown during the 2018-2019 season.